Rep. Gabrielle Giffords Shot in Tucson

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WASHINGTON – Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., was shot in the head when an attacker opened fire at a public event in Tucson on Saturday, El Diario/La Prensa reports from news services. Six other people were killed in the attack and Giffords is reportedly in critical but stable condition.

A source said the attack was carried out with an automatic weapon. The attacker was identified as Jared Loughner, 22, according to federal authorities.

Sources who spoke on condition of anonymity said the FBI and local police were investigating the incident, which occurred in front of a store where Giffords talked with local residents around 10:00 a.m.

Giffords, 40, was reelected to her third term in November, narrowly defeating a Tea Party candidate.

Giffords supported the health care reform law, which angered some on the right. Her Tucson office was vandalized shortly after the House approved the health care reform law in March.